Sunday, February 16, 2014

Week 2

EXMNA gathers members usually by word of mouth. You have to be a trusted friend or acquaintance of a member in order to become a part of this group, because if we have an impostor it can be very dangerous for the other members. If you find EXMNA through their website, and want to join the organisation, you must have multiple interviews over phone and Skype with a member of the administration, and possibly an in-person interview after that by a correspondent in a nearby city. EXMNA takes safety very seriously because in Islam, apostates are "liable to be killed". I know this sounds absurd in this day and age and in a country like the USA, but there is still danger to members from their communities and families. Honour killings are not unheard of, and of course shipping off to the home country is also more common than we would like. It is especially dangerous for female members to be exposed because females have less power in Muslim societies and families.
I think EXMNA does a great job of keeping their members safe.

What's buzzing this week:
Hot Snakes Media, which is a production company which created the show "Breaking Amish" has been contacting some of the EXMNA members because they are interested in creating a show about ex-Muslims. This is discerning for the group because they aren't exactly sure how Hot Snakes Media is finding us. We are not interested in starring in a show that fetishizes our ex-Muslim statues and makes a "reality show" out of it that people watch for entertainment, because it's not a light matter.

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